The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed modifying or delaying parts of the Obama-era Risk Management Program rule on chemical plant safety. EPA's proposal would "reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, address the concerns of stakeholders and emergency responders on the ground, and save Americans roughly $88 million a year," said Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Executives from DowDuPont, Huntsman, LyondellBasell and other chemical firms have expressed optimism that trade talks between the US and China will end positively.
Elisabete Weiderpass, incoming director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, must remove activists from IARC's funding, improve transparency and stop conflating hazard with risk, writes Hank Campbell, president of the American Council on Science and Health.
A recent Reader's Digest guide on household items to throw out mistakenly highlights safe items, with factually inaccurate claims about the effects of phthalates and bisphenol A, writes Carrie Lukas, president of the Independent Women's Forum.
Shale gas presents an opportunity for the US to meet the world's energy needs and increase plastics production, says LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel, who also describes the company's recovery since a 2011 bankruptcy filing. The company has strong cash flow as it continues to grow, he says.
The plastics industry will need help from consumer packaged goods companies, changes in consumer behavior and additional infrastructure if it's to achieve the American Chemistry Council's 2040 goal of diverting all plastics packaging from landfills, writes Don Loepp. "The fact that ACC's Plastics division, which represents nearly all of the region's resin manufacturers, is behind this goal is a good sign because it will take a unified effort to achieve," he writes.
Many swimmers' behaviors contribute to health issues, according to a Water Quality & Health Council report. More than a quarter of swimmers said they've urinated in a pool, and more than half don't shower before swimming.
King County, Wash., is implementing the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act at a local level to propel a transition to safer chemical alternatives. "If the EPA starts to regulate more chemicals, we can help them with their transition," said county official Ashley Pedersen.
The Environmental Protection Agency is in the pre-rule stage of a proposal that would change how it weighs costs and benefits when crafting rules. A draft proposal has been submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Total is taking part in an ethylene cracker joint venture in Texas and is building olefins projects in Algeria and Saudi Arabia that, collectively, could add more than 3 million metric tons of annual capacity. "The facilities are well positioned geographically, to leverage feedstock advantage and/or demand developments for the major derivative polyolefins (polyethylene/polypropylene)," said Patrick Kirby of Wood Mackenzie.
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